How to Manage Stress
Once, a professor held a glass of water and asked the students what the weight of it is. The answers ranged from eight to twenty ounces. Pretty contented with the responses, he replied that the exact weight of the glass of water doesn’t matter since it depends on how long you’re going to hold it – if it’s just for a minute, then that’s perfectly fine; if you hold it for an hour, then you might have an arm cramp; but if you keep it in your hand for a day, you might have to call for an ambulance. Just like managing stress, the burden that you’re carrying relies solely on you. If you don’t take a break from something which exhausts you, then you might not be able to keep going. You have to put down those tasks for a minute and do things which would make you more productive later. Before anything else, what is stress? While most people relate the word “stress” with psychological stress, experts use this term to indicate any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions. Though some people choose smoking or excessive drinking as a way of escapism, there are a couple of ways to effectively deal with stress. Those acts are actually counterproductive and will just make a person more sensitive to stress, making its effects worse later on. First, munch on comfort food like a serving of oatmeal. They boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical. Other foods can reduce levels of adrenaline and cortisol, which are stress hormones that take over the body in the long run. Although it’s good to resort to comfort food every once in a while, a nutritious diet can counteract the impact of stress by boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. The go, grow and glow foods which we learned back in grade school are indeed important and were taught not just for the sake of celebrating nutrition month. Second, be aware of the next instance wherein you find yourself irritated and think twice if that situation would matter in a...
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